and poked me and said, hey, carter, exercises, building relationships, strengthening partnerships. you're there less than a week and we're talking about dropping bombs on african countries. my answer was the only one it could be, thank you very much, mr. secretary, but it was a reminder of the dynamics that are at play in the african continence, ever changing, ever evolving. what i thought it might do is talk about who we are, what we are doing, and the current challenges we face, and then what i'm really interested in, frankly, is a discussion with you -- i hope it will be very much a discussion. as you know, we are one of six geographic commands formed officially achieving what is called full operational capable only on the 1st of october of 2008.